condonation | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Law

In the criminal justice context, condonation refers to forgiving or accepting another person’s wrongdoing.

Condonation is often used in the context of domestic violence cases, where the victim of the abuse may choose to forgive their abuser and not pursue criminal charges.

In some jurisdictions, condonation may be considered a defense to a criminal charge of domestic violence. For example, suppose the victim of the abuse chooses to drop the charges and expresses a desire to reconcile with the abuser. In that case, the court may consider this to be an act of condonation and dismiss the charges.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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